LaSalle Lumber open, adds second shift

URANIA — What’s better than promising 115 new jobs in rural Louisiana? Delivering more. That’s what is happening at the LaSalle Lumber Co., a joint venture of Hunt Forest Products and Canada-based Tolko Industries Ltd. At the sawmill’s grand opening in May, log trucks poured in one after another as Louisiana pine was unloaded to be made into plank lumber for construction. “This is a great day for central Louisiana, for the state’s timber industry, and for LaSalle Lumber Co., a joint venture between a historic Louisiana forest products company and a major Canadian forestry partner making its first venture into the United States,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said at the event. “It is also particular

Early voting Nov. 2-9; ForPAC endorsements

Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 2 for Louisiana voters to decide runoff for two statewide, several legislative and local races. Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, faces Republican opponent Eddie Rispone. In the race for Secretary of State, incumbent Republican Kyle Ardoin faces challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup, a Democrat. The Louisiana Forestry Association's political action council, the Forestry Political Action Council or ForPAC, has endorsed several candidates in legislative races: Senate District 16 — Senate candidate Franklin Foil Senate District 35 — Senator Jim Fannin Senate District 36 — Senate candidate Robert Mills House District 20 — Representative Neil Riser House Di

POWs paid labor for agriculture in U.S.

After the United States entered World War II in 1941, the government of the United Kingdom requested American help with housing prisoners of war (POWs) due to a housing shortage in Britain. Although it was not prepared, the United States agreed to house them and provide logistical considerations such as food, medical care and clothing. From 1942 to 1946, the United States swarmed with captured enemy troops. More than 400,000 German soldiers and officers were held in more than 500 POW camps throughout the nation. Many of the early of these were from General Rommel’s elite “Afrika Korps” that were captured in the deserts of North Africa. About 50,000 Italian and 5,000 Japanese also were prison

Maxwell passionate about logging business

Trey Maxwell was passionate about baseball for the first half of his life, until he fell more in love with logging. Once a star pitcher for his high school in Plain Dealing in Bossier Parish and for collegiate teams at Northwestern State University and Louisiana Tech University, Maxwell could have continued down the path to the pros. Instead, the young athlete shifted his focus from baseball to business and has kept his eye on the ball ever since, quietly becoming a major player in logging in north Louisiana and southern Arkansas. Headquartered in Webster Parish town of Sarepta a few miles shy of the Arkansas border, Trey Maxwell Logging is a multi-million-dollar operation with some impressi

New forest product making soils better

Trees that decompose return nutrients to soils and benefit future plants, but that takes decades. What if something can be made in, say, days that would enhance the soil every bit as much as plant decomposition? Maybe better? Cool Terra® is a new product made by Cool Planet, a venture start-up company that is building a facility at the Central Louisiana Regional Port in Alexandria. It is the first of what the company hopes to be several agricultural products that will also store carbon that might otherwise be released into the atmosphere. Cool Terra® starts with biochar, made through a proprietary pyrolysis process using wood chips in Louisiana. At present a pilot unit is being used to make

LFA board meeting moved to Nov. 14

The next meeting of the Louisiana Forestry Association Board of Directors is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Board of Director meeting are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, but because of scheduling conflicts the meeting had to be moved to the next available date, which was Nov. 14. Board members are invited to attend the last meeting of 2019 at Country Inn & Suites, 2727 Monroe Hwy. (U.S. 165), Pineville, LA 71360.

Logging equipment damaged in Winn

The Louisiana Forestry Association is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who destroyed logging equipment in Winn Parish. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry enforcement agents report that vandals entered a logging operation site and destroyed the radiator in a 2011 748 John Deere Skidder and "managed to bust a large hole in the engine block of a 2014 643 John Deere Cutter. LDAF enforcement and Winn Parish Sheriff's Office deputies on Oct. 17 were called to the site off of L. Kieffer Road in St. Maurice to investigate the criminal damage to the logging equipment. "The criminal actions of others have r

Week salutes renewable industry

The Louisiana Forestry Association, with the LSU AgCenter and Rapides Parish school system recently completed the fall Forest Awareness Week with the help of several organizations and many volunteers. It is a week during which people in the Forest Products industry teach fifth-graders the importance of the forest. It is something all of us in the forest community hope will have a lasting impression on these youngsters about how important this renewable resource is to Louisiana and across the world. This week, Oct. 20 – 26, is Forest Products Week, when folks in our industry recognize the importance of managing a sustainable, renewable resource for generations to come. From paper products to

Shreveport firm seeks forester

Bird Forestry is seeking someone to fill an opening for a full time forester position in Forest Management in the company's Shreveport office. The job includes assisting other foresters, natural resource management specials is and Division Managers with timber inventor and other forest resource related data gathering. Find out more by downloading the job opening announcement by clicking here. Applications should be mailed to Micah Youngblood at Bird Forestry, 9434 Paxton Road, Shreveport, LA 71106 or sent by email to Bird Forestry is a division of Advanced Ecology Ltd. with offices in Shreveport and Center, Texas.

CLE class in Winnfield canceled

The Louisiana Logging Council has canceled Business Management classes scheduled to be held in Winnfield that would have counted for CLE credit hours. Anyone who had scheduled that class will be slated to attend the combined classes set at Country Inn & Suites in Pineville on Oct. 24. Master Loggers can register for the class on Financial Management and Preparing for the Bank programs and Roundtable with a Banker, Attorney and Accountant set for Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Country Inn & Suites, 2727 Monroe Hwy., Pineville. The cost of the class is $40. The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 21. Attending the class provides 6 CLE credit hours. A link to download a registration form is below. D

Beauregard couple accused of timber theft

A Beauregard Parish couple is accused of theft of timber valued at more than $36,000, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry. Ricky L. Cooley, 51 and Priscilla L. Cooley, 48, of 426 Arthur Cooley Road, DeRidder, were arrested Oct. 2 for timber theft by LDAF enforcement agents and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. The Cooleys were released Oct. 3 on $25,000 bond each. According to LDAF, investigators began looking into a complain in January. An absentee landowner hired Ricky Cooley to harvest a 50-acre tract on his property in Vernon Parish. LDAF agents found 34 loads of timber they allege the Cooleys "concealed and failed to make payments to the landowner," accord

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